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March 22, 2011 > Special Life Events: Cortese rejoins Valley Transportation Authority Board

Special Life Events: Cortese rejoins Valley Transportation Authority Board

Submitted By Steven Blomquist

Supervisor Dave Cortese was sworn in to the Board of Directors for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) as the Metropolitan Transportation Committee representative. Cortese previously served seven years on the Board from 2001 through 2006.

"I'm honored to serve on the VTA Board again; transportation is such an integral part of our everyday lives," said Cortese, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. "Congestion relief and public transportation provide countless economic, environmental and health benefits."

Cortese also serves on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Toll Authority, the VTA Policy Advisory Board, and the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor/Warm Springs Extension Policy Advisory Board.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority began as a county department, created by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on June 6, 1972, to oversee the region's transportation system. Until 1995, VTA's primary responsibility was the development, operation and maintenance of the bus and light rail system within the county. VTA separated from the County of Santa Clara and merged with the region's Congestion Management Agency in January 1995, thus undertaking another responsibility, viz. managing the county's blueprint to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

For more information, contact Steven Blomquist at (408) 299-5030.

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